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" My accountant says I did this at a very bad time. My stocks are down. I'm cash poor or something. I got no cash flow. I'm not liquid, something's not flowing. They got a language all their own." -Woody Allen in Manhattan , 1979 In the 1979 movie Manhattan , Isaac Davis (...
"... I grew up with an open mind and an open spirit and I think that’s extremely important for any young person and particularly an artist who then wants to play other characters and open their thoughts to being another person."-- Martina Arroyo Want to hear more from Martina Arroyo...
Septime Webre wears many hats: dancer, choreographer, artistic director of the Washington Ballet, and, lately, yoga enthusiast. As befitting a master multi-tasker, Webre takes inspiration from several sources, as he reveals in our interview with him-- "Trigger Points for Inspiration" --in...
"I... write to give voice to the lion’s tale, after the proverb, 'Until the lion tells its history, the story of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.' I write to challenge notions of a social hierarchy, to give my readers hope that we can work to eliminate social inequality...
The Maltese Falcon hinges on the trials and and tribulations of our anti-hero, detective Sam Spade, who is brilliantly portrayed by Humphrey Bogart in the faithful film adaptation. However good the film may be, it does not come close to the experience of reading the book. What's more, the film...
" Inspiration is that which impels an empathy or collective or several beings out of the state of inertia and enlightens those entities or impels those entities towards growth. " – Marc Bamuthi Joseph Click here to read our full story on poet and performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph ,...
The most challenging part of editing is knowing what to cut and what to keep. Often the decisions are obvious, while other times a favorite snippet is felled on account of length or narrative flow. As difficult as it is to let a good one get away, it helps to know that there are other outlets where...
While conducting interviews for the new issue of NEA Arts , we asked artists to tell us where they look for inspiration. Some cited nature or poetry; others look to cultural history or the visual arts. For contemporary bluegrass musician Chris Thile , collaboration has become a major means of...
The long, breathless wait is over: the new issue of NEA Arts is now live for your reading, viewing, and listening pleasure. This issue focuses on the concept of inspiration, and the many ways it can affect an artist's practice . As we conducted interviews for the magazine, artists allowed us to...
There’s community theater, and then there’s Michael Rohd’s version of community theater. As head of the ensemble-based Sojourn Theatre , founded in 1999 in Portland, Oregon, Rohd isn’t satisfied with traditional notions of community actors or post-show talkbacks. Instead,...

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